Virginia vs. Wake Forest: Time, broadcast info, odds, pregame and live coverage

uva footballVirginia (2-1, 0-1 ACC) hosts Wake Forest (3-0, 1-0 ACC) tonight at 7 p.m. at Scott Stadium. Everything you need to know about the game is right here.

Broadcast Information

The game will air on ESPN2. Fans can also stream the game live on ESPN.com or the ESPN app. The contest can be heard on Virginia Sports Radio Networks around the commonwealth and live on VirginiaSports.com. A list of stations can be found here. Fans can follow along via live stats and the Virginia Mobile app and get in-game updates on the team’s official twitter account, @UVAFootball.

Pregame Coverage

What UVA Football fans need to know about Wake Forest
You can stride right up to Dave Clawson at the ACC Kickoff without having to fight through a crowd, which makes him unique among ACC coaches.

Deep Dive: Wake Forest offense against the Virginia defense
Virginia had trouble with Sam Howell last week in its 59-39 loss to North Carolina. Another Sam, Sam Hartman, presents the challenge this week with Wake Forest coming to town.

Parking information for Friday’s UVA-Wake Forest football game
There will be an impact on Friday to the parking lots in the vicinity of Scott Stadium for UVA Football fans for the game against Wake Forest that evening.

Deep dive: Virginia football season ticket sales
The sparse crowds at Scott Stadium for the first two Virginia football games of the 2021 season prompted a question from a reader about how season ticket sales had gone for UVA Athletics heading into the season.

Game Notes: UVA set to host Wake Forest in Friday Night ACC Football
Virginia (2-1, 0-1 ACC) returns home on Friday night to host Wake Forest (3-0, 1-0 ACC) at Scott Stadium at 7 p.m.

Bronco addresses the changes that need to come on D
Pro Football Focus graded the Virginia defense’s effort against North Carolina from the weekend as the worst it’s ever seen. Bronco Mendenhall, as is his nature, is trying to see the glass as half-full.

Injury Updates: Latest on Blount, Grant, Hayes, Taulapapa
Nick Grant was on the sidelines in street clothes Saturday night. Joey Blount ended the night with his arm in a sling. What’s their status for Wake Forest on Friday?

Deep dive: Brennan Armstrong is an NFL prospect
UVA QB Brennan Armstrong is second nationally in passing yards and passing TDs. Wanna know how?

Betting Line

  • Vegas: Virginia -4
  • ESPN FPI: Virginia 70.3 percent win probability

Forecast

Virginia gave up 699 yards and 59 points in the loss to North Carolina in Week 3. Wake will attack the UVA D similar to what you saw out of UNC – running through the A and B gaps, passing off play-action. The Deacs will score points. Can Virginia keep up? The strong Wake secondary is the key here. The defensive numbers look good, but it’s come against ODU, Norfolk State and Florida State. The first team to make a mistake falls behind, and that will make it hard to keep up. Last year, that team was Virginia. I think it will be again this year. Final: Wake Forest 42, UVA 38.

Live Coverage

This is … embarrassing

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We’re no better than Wake or Duke.

Surprise: Big play gets Wake on the board first

Taylor Morin WFO on a 39-yard TD pass from Sam Hartman. Busted coverage. The safeties both went to the post. Morin broke open on the sluggo.

Ugh. Here we go again.

Wake attacked the A gaps and the B gap at left guard on its four runs for 16 yards. Just as Carolina attacked the A gaps and the B gap at left guard last week.

UVA fails to convert after a first-and-goal

Bronco goes for it on fourth-and-goal from the 5, on a series that started as a first-and-goal from the 4. We’ll be dissecting the heck out of that one for a while.

First down was a QB draw for a loss of two. Second down was a 1-yard run by Mike Hollins. Third down was a pass in the flat to Jelani Woods that was incomplete, and even if it had been completed, he would have been tackled around the 5.

Fourth down was a pass over the middle to Dontayvion Wicks at the goal line that had no chance.

Armstrong was 3-of-8 for 44 yards on the drive.

No doubt, shoulda taken the points.

The UVA D holds, eventually

Wake got it out from the shadow of the end zone to the UVA 29 before the drive stalled. Nick Sciba good from 46 on the field-goal try.

It’s 10-0 Deacs now, 2:34/1st.

The D staff, eventually, plugged the hole in the left guard B gap.

‘Hoos on the board

Justin Duenkel good from 21 yards. Two UVA trips inside the Wake 5, three points.

Armstrong: 10-of-15, 105 yards.

Wake converts a fourth down inside the 5, scores

It gets worse. Sam Hartman gained two on a fourth-and-inches at the 3, then Justice Ellison scored on first-and-goal.

Ellison broke off a 63-yard run on the first play of the drive to get things going.

Wake has run for 114 yards on 18 totes.

Virginia: 18 yards on nine totes.

Virginia has gotten inside the Wake 5 on both of its drives, and trails 17-3.

Imploding

UVA gets the ball near midfield. Armstong is sacked, a holding call brings back a big pass play to KT, then the punt unit wastes a timeout because of a personnel issue on fourth-and-26.

Inexcusable.

Wake drives again

Nick Sciba good from 23 after the UVA D held inside the 10. Wake leads 20-3 with 1:34 left in the half.

Deacs have run for 160 yards on 25 tries.

Thank God it’s over

Armstrong hit on every dropback of that final series. Sacked four times in the first half. Just 14-of-23 for 142 yards.

Hartman is 9-of-16 for 118 yards and a TD. The Deacs have run for 160.

Not a lot good there. Wake owned the line of scrimmage. Great coverage downfield on D.

The UVA front isn’t getting pressure, is getting blown off the ball in the run game.

This one is long over.

UVA gets on the board first in the third

Armstrong to Woods for a 17-yard TD. Nice seven-play, 85-yard drive, just 2:21 off the clock.

Wake 20, UVA 10, 12:37/3rd.

Time to challenge the manhoods of the guys on the defensive side.

Wake, the hot knife, the UVA D, the butter

Hartman 12-yard TD pass to Blake Whiteheart. Nine plays, 85 yards. Wake back up three scores, 27-10, 9:02/3rd.

Haven’t seen the punt team since the Illinois game.

A nasty scoring play, BTW. Hartman lined up at wideout. Beal-Smith took the snap and pitched to him.

Wake gets a TD on a play that UVA tries to run with all its QBs on the field, and hasn’t run successfully yet this season.

UVA responds

Armstrong to Wicks for a 22-yard TD. ‘Hoos trying to stay in striking distance. Nine plays, 92 yards, 4:00. Wake 27, UVA 17, 5:02/3rd.

Wake answers … again

AT Perry 12-yard TD pass from Hartman on a third-and-goal. Fentrell Cypress in coverage. Wake 34, UVA 17, 1:42/3rd.

Still not a single stop by the D yet.

Story by Chris Graham


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